Little is known about movement and habitat usage of golden eagles wintering in upstate New York. Use of GPS transmitters has been shown to be a cost-effective way of gathering data on golden eagle movement and habitat usage. To date, ~50 golden Eagles have been fitted with transmitters by Dr. Katzner’s research group, providing information on the birds’ migration routes from Canada to the Appalachians, and wintering areas in Pennsylvania and south. However, none of these birds were captured in New York State.
It is the goal of this project to understand habitat relationships and movements of golden eagles in New York State. To accomplish this goal, we aim to capture and telemeter golden eagles from the region. We will collect data on these birds for the life of the GPS-GSM transmitters. Analysis will proceed in four ways:
State and federal regulatory agencies, as well as wind power developers will be able to use the data to determine risk assessment from wind projects and other development. DOAS will use the information gained to expand our educational efforts on behalf of this important local species. Data from the wildlife cameras at research sites is used to choose trap sites and days, and is also used by Dr. Todd Katzner’s Appalachian Eagle Project.